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The Best Baby Names That Mean Light 

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Updated March 2, 2018 1.4k votes 190 voters 9.4k views 37 items

If you want your newborn to have a name associated with something cheery, why not take a look at some baby names that mean light? A surprising number of baby names - from the common to the unique - have bright and shiny meanings. This light name list will help you find some baby names that glow! 
 

For some venerable classics, there are plenty of options. When it comes to female names that mean light, the always in style Lucy is an excellent choice. This popular girl's name has English roots and means “light.” The dignified Eleanor - reminiscent of Eleanor Roosevelt - also means "bright and shining light" and comes with cute nickname options like Ellie, Nellie, and Nora. Classic male names - like Luke and Aaron - also mean light. 
 

Looking for something more out of the box? There are some great choices there as well! There are lots of underused boy names that signify brightness. Barack, a nod to former President Obama, actually has a variety of meanings. When derived from the Hebrew language, it means "flash of lightning." Are you a fan of literature? The name Sherlock means "light haired." For a girl, why not try Zia? Derived from the Arabic language, this cute name means "light or splendor." There are also some unique unisex sunlight names, like Taydem and Blaine. 
 

Do you have a favorite baby name for the little ray of light in your life? Give the best options a thumbs up and please add any good names we may have missed.

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Female, English: Meaning light

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Female, Spanish: Bright, shining light 

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Alina

Female, Greek: Light 

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Eleanor

Female, English: The bright and shining light

5
Lucas

Male, English/Latin: One who gives light

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Luke

Male, English/Latin: A bright glowing light

7
Leora

Female, Hebrew/Greek: Light 

8
Lana

Female, Greek/Gaelic: The one that possesses light

9
Aaron

Male, Hebrew/English/German: Messenger; Enlightened; Mountain of Strength; From the Old Testament

10
Lenore

Female, Greek: The one who shines the light

11
Brenna

Female, Irish: Hill containing beacon; a flashing light on the hill

12
Roxanne

Female, English: Dawn, related to light/sunrise 

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Zia

Female, Arabic: Light, splendor 

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Bianca

Female, English: Light; White; Shining; A Shakespearean baby name meaning Tragedy of Othello' Mistress of Cassio

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Aileen

Female, Irish: Light

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Bethany

Female, Hebrew: One who lives in the house of light

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Sherlock

Male, Anglo Saxon: Light haired

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Loni

Female, English/Hawaiian: A sky in Hawaiian, a Light in Latin or Solitary in English

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Ciandra

Female, Italian: Something that is surrounded by light

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Blaine

Unisex, Indian: Thin, lean, slight

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Taydem

Unisex, Romanian: One who is light-hearted and cheerful

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Helen

Female, Greek: Shining light. The bright one

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Eileen

Female, French: Bright and shining light

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Oshea

Male, Hebrew: Glowing embers, house aglow with lights

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Blithe

Female, English: Happy; merry, glad and lighthearted person